Exposed citizens especially those residing in mountainous and hard-to-reach communities by night police patrol teams in the capital are strongly advocating for lifting of the curfew presently in force as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic due to the alarming spate of armed robbery in the city.
The country is currently on 11am to 5am curfew, being one of government’s restrictive measures to curtail further spread of the Coronavirus nationwide, given its adversative consequences globally.
It is now evident that the curfew is now posing serious threat to the populace as armed robbers allegedly dressed in state security outfit (military and police) now break into homes at night and steal moneys and other valuables from victims.
Though there had been reports of police unresponsiveness to their distress calls, many residents in those vulnerable communities have vindicated the police, blaming it on the deplorable road conditions in those communities, hence advocate for lifting of the curfew to help them secure their communities at night.
Meanwhile, in a random interview conducted by this media in the capital this week, many inhabitants have called on government to lift the curfew due to the alarming spate of armed robbery at night at present.
Disappointingly, residents of mountainous and hard-to-reach communities by police night patrol team said, they were thoughtful that the night curfew would serve as security for them, but rather leaves them vulnerable in the hand of armed robbers.
They said, before the curfew, there has been a decline in armed robbery in vulnerable communities with the aid of youths who usually parade their communities at night in the absence of police night patrol.
With steep decline in coronavirus cases, citizens are now pleading with the President to reconsider lifting the curfew because armed robbers now use it as a platform to attack and terrorize citizens at night, an act, they say, is worse than the coronavirus.